Book Review: Reluctantly Home

Though the main review contains no spoilers, there will be a section with a trigger warning well-marked below. Imogen Clark’s Reluctantly Home was an emotional roller coaster that pulls you in from the first moment and doesn’t let go. Pip is recovering from a traumatic incident that sends her reeling. To help with her recovery, [...]

Book Review: To Sir, With Love

Lauren Layne's latest novel To Sir, With Love is a light and whimsical read that is absolutely delightful from start to finish. Fairy tale fanatic Gracie Cooper might just be in love...except she's never met the man. She's talked to him, sure, but only through an app that prevents photos. She's also trying to revive [...]

Book Review: Better Together

Christine Riccio’s Better Together is a fun and lighthearted romp with serious undertones.  East Coast based Siri is recovering from a back injury, a professional ballerina facing a life without dance. Dance is her go to way to process life, and without it she’s floundering in a sea of anger and isolation. Jamie, a comedian [...]

Book Review: Where It All Lands

One choice. One coin toss. Two outcomes. In Jennie Wexler's Where It All Lands, Stevie is once again the new girl, and she's not happy about it. When she meets best friends Shane and Drew, she feels a tiny bit less like an outcast. But Shane and Drew both want to ask Stevie out. As [...]

Book Review: The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

While working as a bookseller over a decade ago, I stumbled across a beautiful cover that evoked childhood memories and tugged at my heart. Yes, I know; we aren't meant to judge books by their covers. But we all do, don't we? I knew I needed to give this book a home, so I tucked [...]

Book Review: These Unlucky Stars

Gillian McDunn's These Unlucky Stars is a beautiful look at family, community, and the way we are sometimes the unreliable narrator of our own story. Sixth-almost-Seventh grader Annie Logan was told she was born under an unlucky star. Her window breaks, her books fall into a mud puddle, and she doesn't have a single friend. [...]

Book Review: The Bookshop of Second Chances

Jackie Fraser's The Bookshop of Second Chances is a meandering novel that explores what happens when one woman takes a leap of faith and changes her life, without really intending to. Thea is recently separated from her cheating spouse when she receives notice that she's inherited a house in Scotland. She sets out to sort [...]

Book Review: The House that Wasn’t There

Alder doesn't remember much about his dad, but his favorite photo was taken in front of the walnut tree in the yard between his house and his neighbor's house. He loves that tree. Oak doesn't want to move from San Fransisco to Los Angeles, yet here she is. When her mom decides to do construction [...]

Book Review: The Last Bear by Hannah Gold

This lyrical debut novel swept me off of my feet. It's the kind of book that you finish with a big sigh, your heart near to bursting from the sheer magnitude of it. April Wood does not fit in. Her scientist father doesn't seem to notice her all that much, she doesn't have any friends [...]

Book Review: Barbara O’Neal’s The Lost Girls of Devon

Barbara O'Neal's books always have 3 things in common: strong women discovering who they are and where they belong; the value of friendship; and a lovable pet who makes the tough things in life a little easier to bear. The Lost Girls of Devon includes these themes in the best of ways. While When We Believed [...]